San Francisco, February 17 (SocialNews.XYZ) Billionaire Richard Branson’s space tourism company, Virgin Galactic, has opened ticket sales to the general public for its first flight of 2022.

The company priced the tickets at $450,000 each, The Verge reported.

To secure their seat, customers must pay a deposit of $150,000 and then pay the remaining $300,000 before the flight. Virgin Galactic has an application that individuals can fill out on the company’s website.

Virgin Galactic successfully flew its founder, Branson, into space in July last year.

The company then planned to fly a follow-on flight called Unity 23, which would carry three members of the Italian Air Force, becoming the first revenue-generating flight.

But in September, Virgin Galactic paused the flight after finding a manufacturing defect on a company vehicle.

The following month, the company issued an update saying it would not resume commercial flights until the end of 2022 in order to conduct a comprehensive “upgrade program” for its vehicles, according to the report.

Ahead of the first commercial flight this year, the company also set an internal goal of reaching 1,000 ticket sales.

Virgin Galactic also has a bit of a backlog of customers who have already made reservations for space travel.

The company has about 600 customers who made reservations for $250,000 in the first round of ticketing, which began about a decade ago.

The company then reopened ticket sales last August, allowing people who had expressed interest in purchasing a ticket for the company to purchase a seat. These notes also cost $450,000, secured by a deposit of $150,000. Virgin Galactic said it sold 100, according to the report.

To get to space, guests will fly in one of Virgin Galactic’s spaceplanes, which is carried to an altitude of approximately 49,000 feet under the wing of a massive carrier aircraft called White Knight Two.

Once at the correct height, White Knight Two frees the plane, which then ignites its onboard rocket engine, initiating the climb into space. As the plane soars more than 50 miles above Earth, passengers on board can unbuckle their seat belts and float around the cabin for a few minutes.

Then, to return to Earth, the pilots move the spaceplane’s wings and glide toward a runway, much like a regular airplane, according to the report.

Source: IANS

Virgin Galactic opens spaceflight tickets to the public for $450,000

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